Fort Worth, Texas (September 22, 2016) – Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX), a premier national Christian fraternity in the United States, announced today it has joined the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), a move that will provide BYX with access to advocacy and resources that will facilitate its continued growth, while maintaining its distinct purpose of establishing brotherhood and unity among college men based on the common bond of Jesus Christ.
The NIC values with high priority the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and supports the right of fraternities and sororities to exist as single-gender organizations under the First and Fourteenth Amendments, as well as the exemptions given to fraternities and sororities under Title IX.
“Joining the NIC will allow BYX to receive the same benefits and recognition from colleges and universities that other fraternities and sororities enjoy,” said Jason Hoyt, president & chief operating officer of Beta Upsilon Chi, “and will open additional opportunities for many BYX chapters to be more involved in fraternity and sorority life on their campuses without changing who we are at our core.”
“BYX has enjoyed tremendous growth over the past three decades, and aligning with a prestigious trade organization now will enable us to continue growing even as the collegiate environment becomes more challenging for men of faith,” Hoyt said. “Membership in the NIC will allow BYX to learn from the collective experience of dozens of other fraternities while maintaining our unique identity and our strong commitment to a Christian brotherhood, which reflects our purpose, values, mission, and goals.”
Founded in 1909, the NIC is the trade association representing 70 international and national men’s fraternities comprising 6,220 chapters on 800 campuses. It serves to advocate the needs of its member fraternities through enrichment of the fraternity experience, advancement and growth of the fraternity community, and enhancement of the educational mission of the host institutions.
Since its founding at The University of Texas at Austin in 1985, BYX has grown to include 2,500 men in 34 chapters on campuses in 16 states. It is building a lifelong brotherhood of committed Christian men bound together by the common bond in Christ.